The makers of two rival documentaries about the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier had a 'face-off' at a west Cork market last weekend in full view of their chief subject - the former journalist Ian Bailey.
The Sunday Independent understands there were tense words between the documentary-makers who descended upon Schull market last Sunday, where Ian Bailey operates a weekly stall with his partner Jules Thomas.
Acclaimed director Jim Sheridan has been working for six years on a series on the murder of the Frenchwoman, entitled In Abstentia.
It is due to be aired in January. Naoimh Reilly, directing on behalf of Mr Sheridan's production, was filming and interviewing Mr Bailey as he worked at the market.
In the middle of filming, the director for a rival Netflix production on the unsolved du Plantier murder, Englishman John Dower, showed up and began speaking to a cameraman from the Sheridan crew.
The Netflix production is a planned three-part documentary by British producer Simon Chinn.
Bailey, currently fighting his third attempted extradition to France, noticed the arrival of Mr Dower, and pointed this out to Ms Reilly.
"I was working at the market last Sunday. Naoimh Reilly was down filming on behalf of Jim. They were doing some atmospheric work. I agreed to be filmed and interviewed.
"Then I saw John [Dower] at the market. I pointed the other director out to Naoimh Reilly. She went over to him then. Words were exchanged.
"What those words were, I do not know," Bailey told the Sunday Independent.
A separate source told this newspaper that the "tense'" conversation between the film-makers was "like something straight out of the movie Anchorman".
Bailey added that he is co-operating fully with Sheridan's documentary series but is not participating in the Netflix production. "I've consistently made it politely clear to the Netflix team that I'm co-operating with Jim Sheridan's team and I am not in a position to co-operate with them as I otherwise might have been."
When contacted, Reilly confirmed she was present at Schull market last Sunday, interviewing Bailey and recording market scenes for the forthcoming series.
She declined to comment on her conversation with the rival UK director but did say that the Sheridan production was coming along well.
"We have some absolutely great footage. We have excellent access to some of the key witnesses, former gardaí involved in the case, members of the du Plantier family and Ian Bailey. All of our contributors are decent, smart people. They don't talk to just anyone."
She added: "Our focus is on Sophie Toscan du Plantier. We want to remind people of the effect her death had on the community.
"It's been in the pipeline for six years. We have thousands of hours of footage. Episode one is already in edit. It is due to air in January."
English director Dower was also contacted but he declined to comment.
The murder remains one of the country's most notorious unsolved crimes.
Ms du Plantier was beaten to death outside her holiday home on December 23, 1996 during a short pre-Christmas trip to West Cork.
International interest in the story has exploded following the success of West Cork, the smash-hit podcast about the crime.
Although never charged in Ireland, Bailey was tried and convicted of murder in absentia in a Paris court last year.
On October 12, Justice Paul Burns will deliver his decision on whether Bailey is to be extradited to France.
This is the third extradition attempt by the French authorities.
Speaking to the Sunday Independent in July, Bailey described the French authorities' latest extradition bid as a "form of torture".